Human clinical trials scheduled
Scientists may have overcome a major roadblock in the development of Alzheimer’s therapies by creating a new technology to observe ? in the back of the eye ? progression of the disease before the onset of symptoms. Clinical trials are to start in July to test the technology in humans according to a paper recently published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (IOVS).
The paper, titled Early detection of amyloidopathy in Alzheimer’s mice by hyperspectral endoscopy, builds upon previous work in cells by detecting changes in the retina of mice predisposed to develop Alzheimer’s.
Early detection of Alzheimer’s is critical for two reasons. “First, effective treatments need to be administered well before patients show actual neurological signs,” said author Robert Vince, PhD, of the Center for Drug Design at the University of Minnesota (UMN). “Second, since there are no available early detection techniques, drugs currently cannot be tested to determine if they are effective against early Alzheimer’s disease. An early diagnostic tool like ours could help the development of drugs as well.”